5 Short Row Shawls

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Jan 312013

5 Short Row Shawls

And thus ends my season-long exploration of shaping small shawls through the non-traditional use of short rows.

With the publication of the fifth and final design, I have now also collected Triangulate, Piewhacket, Rondelay, Aerophile, and Rufflebye into an ebook collection; see them all together as 5 Short Row Shawls on Ravelry.



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Jan 312013

Rufflebye flat

A new take on the ruffle shawl, Rufflebye is worked sideways in three garter stitch wedges which cleverly intersect to change the direction of the knitting. Increases and decreases create the shape from tip to tip, while two sets of short rows throughout form the crescent shape and the gently ruffled edging.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit, increasing/decreasing, short rows, long-tail CO.

Size: 10” deep at center; 45” from tip to tip if pulled straight. Rufflebye forms a natural semi-circle and measures 40” along inner semi-circumference, and 72” along outer semi-circumference, measured without stretching. The 12-stitch ruffle is approximately 2.6” and begins as soon as there are enough stitches.

Yarn: Indigodragonfly MCN Sock (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 375 yards/115g); 1 skein, shown in My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial (Buffy). See Designer’s Notes for instructions to adjust for different amounts of yarn.

Other Materials: US 6 needles, or size to match gauge, Stitch markers (2 different), Yarn needle.

Gauge: 22 st and 34 rows/4″ in garter stitch, after gentle blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.        

Rufflebye walking  Rufflebye closeup  Rufflebye peek

Jan 232013

The Arctic blast has come to the Mid Atlantic region, and we’re having daytime high temperatures hovering around 21 degrees F. What better time to be working on a chunky blanket-style cardi? It’s serendipity.

The Biggo yarn from Knit Picks is gorgeous and wintery in Dove Heather, and is knitting up for me at 12 st and 16 rows on US 10 needles. It feels great, and promises to be easy care, too, with 50% superwash merino and 50% nylon content. I love me a warm, quick sweater!

Alluvium swatch

I’m calling it Alluvium, which refers to loose, unconsolidated matter that has been eroded, reshaped and redeposited – kind of like yarn and stitches forming new shapes.


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Jan 172013


Aerophile is a one-skein garter shawl with narrow wings that stretch wide like a soaring bird which loves to fly. Each wing is knit using short rows from a provisionally cast on central spine, while the scalloped top edge is created by casting on additional stitches every six rows. After both wings are complete, a super-picot edging binds off the live stitches along the bottom edge. Choose a beautiful yarn as the focus of the shawl, and let the uncomplicated ground and simple textural edgings highlight the fiber.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, backwards loop CO, knit, increasing, short rows.

Size: one size;approximately 52” wingspan and 18” depth from top edge to bottom point.

Yarn: Dream In Color Smooshy (100% merino), 450 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Deep Seaflower. Sample used approximately 425 yards of fingering weight yarn.

Other Materials: US 6 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO and stitch holder; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 st and 40 rows/4″ in garter stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.     

Aerophile front   Aerophile closeup   Aerophile back


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Jan 142013

Fireside sweaterMy second design from the Clotheshorse Winter 2012/2013 online magazine is Fireside, a woolly mantle knit as a rectangle with sleeves, in light-as-air Techno alpaca blend yarn. Cast on at the top, with the body knit in one piece and sleeves picked up and knit from armhole to cuff. The fur-like top edge is knit in a garter based loop stitch, and becomes the collar and front edge; the body is stockinette with purl ridge detail along the front, hem, and sleeve cuffs. The comforting shape, and modern bulky yet featherweight yarn come together in a new-fashioned garment to wear at home or out into the chill.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, decreasing, picking up stitches.
Size: XXS (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL), to fit 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44)” bust; shown in third size with no ease. This blanket sweater is designed so that the cross-back measures 2” less than the front bust. For a good fit, choose a size with 0-2” ease at cross-back.
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Techno (68% baby alpaca, 22% silk, 10% extrafine merino; 120 yards/50g); 10 (10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17) skeins, shown in #1970 Fame.
Other Materials: US 10.5 (6.5mm) 60” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 12 st and 20 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 12 st and 10 rows/4” in Garter Loop stitch, after gentle blocking.

See the entire Cozy Collection from Clotheshorse digital magazine.

As of February 21, 2014, Fireside is also available on Ravelry as an self-published individual pattern download. See all the updated photos in my new post.

Jan 142013

Snug front

From the Winter 2012/2013 issue of Clotheshorse magazine online, Snug is a cozy sweater with ample tucked funnelneck, knit in one piece from the bottom up with flattering shoulder shaping.

Cast on at the narrow 1×1 rib hem and knit in stockinette in the round with gentle waist shaping to the short dolman sleeve opening, the body is divided for front and back and knit flat to the neckline, then grafted at the shoulder and finished with an integrated slouchy funnelneck. Short rows make the sleeve opening and shoulder ergonomically correct, comfortable and without excess bunching fabric at the underarm. Each front and back is knit with one continuous strand of yarn, with no binding off, and no picking up stitches for the neck. The substantial funnelneck is made manageable by a series of narrowing tucks at the front, which gently pull down the front edge below the chin. The sleeve edges are picked up and finished with 1×1 rib.


Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, short rows, increasing/decreasing, picking
up stitches, tucks.
Size: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44)” bust.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted (100% wool; 210 yards/100g); 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins, shown in Coco; Wooly Wonka Fibers Brigit Worsted (100% organic merino; 181 yards/100 grams); 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6) skeins, shown in Toast.
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; US 8 (5mm) 16” circular needle or dpns for tucks, cowl and grafting; US 6 (4mm) 16” circular needle or dpns for cowl hem; Stitch markers (4); Stitch holders (3); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 22 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

See the entire Cozy Collection from Clotheshorse digital magazine.

As of February 19, 2014, Snug is also available on Ravelry as an self-published individual pattern download, with updated yarn information and a photo tutorial for the Tuck stitch. See the new photos using fabulous Malabrigo Yarn Worsted in my new post.  

Sneaky peeking at Rufflebye

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Jan 072013

Rufflebye peek

Everyone knows those ruffle shawls knit sideways with a short row edging; they may have been done to death, but that’s because they’re awesomely easy and cute. That sort of construction is just my sort of thing, too – garter, short rows, a lovely skein of sock yarn. Sadly it’s getting more difficult for me to find the time to knit OPP’s* or projects just for myself, particularly while in the midst of this shawl series. No point in re-designing what already exists, in plenty.

Then I remembered the lovely and maddening skein of Indigodragonfly MCN Sock; the one that I’ve knit up twice and it’s still Not Quite Right. While I’ve certainly been trying, the right design hasn’t been coming – through no fault of the yarn, of course, which is luscious and dark and delightful in the fangy colorway My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial (Buffy). It’s just the sort of yarn you want near your neck; just the sort of shade that blends many colors into one and shows best in simple garter. And so my own version of the ruffle shawlette, Rufflebye, proves that the third time’s the charm.

This will be the last in my series of five small garter shawls featuring atypical construction and liberal use of short rows; Triangulate, Piewhacket and Rondelay are already out, and Aerophile is coming next. None too soon, if you were to ask my daughter, whom I bribe handsomely to model, but who nevertheless only has so much patience before she storms away from the photoshoot, cold and tired.

storming away from the shoot

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